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Extenuating circumstances : stories of crime and suspense / Joyce Carol Oates.


"Two hitmen in a depressed rust belt town struggle with a job gone wrong. A girl witnesses a horrifying accident and carries it with her for the rest of her life. Medical students bring a severed foot to a college party. Five-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Joyce Carol Oates has made a career of exploring the forbidden corners of human experience, and the stories collected here, spanning her first three decades as a writer, are among her most unsettling and unforgettable works to date. These tales have not appeared in any form this century--until now; formally fresh and endlessly experimental, they show a writer boldly engaging with disturbing truths and terrifying possibilities, and deconstructing the tropes and expectations of traditional prose writing as she does so. But beyond their stylistic ingenuity, these are creepy, suspenseful stories that cut straight to the bone; their darkness will linger long after the final page is turned."-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781613163153
  • Physical Description: vi, 517 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Mysterious Press edition.
  • Publisher: New York : The Mysterious Press, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
The death of Mrs. Sheer -- In the warehouse -- By the river -- Queen of the night -- The revenge of the foot, 1970 -- The doll -- Little wife -- Yarrow -- Haunted -- Death Valley -- Craps -- Family -- Ladies and gentlemen: -- Why don't you come with me, it's time -- The buck -- The model -- Extenuating circumstances -- The girl who was to die -- Poor Bibi -- The undesirable table -- The hand-puppet -- Valentine -- The collector of hearts -- The sons of Angus MacElster.
Subject: Victims of crimes > Fiction.
Murder > Fiction.
Assassins > Fiction.
Genre: Thrillers (Fiction)
Psychological fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Short stories.

Available copies

  • 9 of 10 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Castlegar Public Library.


  • 0 current holds with 10 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Castlegar Public Library FIC OAT (Text) 35146002279313 Fiction Volume hold Checked out 2023-02-03

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